DARK and NOISY
My wife & I visited Absinthe for evening dinner with an Ottawa cousin & her husband in October '12. We all enjoyed the food and found the service satisfactory, however we had significant issues with the ambience. Two words describe that: DARK and NOISY. It was SO DARK I couldn't read the menu without additional lighting being brought to the table; when the food arrived I could scarcely admire the plating. At the same time was SO NOISY that our party could talk to each other without shouting -- which, I suppose added to the overall noise level ;-) Both the darkness and the noise are solvable issues if there is the will to do it. Viz. more lighting and sound absorbing measures, e.g. suspended ceiling panels. Now with regard to the darkness issue in particular, I'm over 65 and I know my vision isn't what it used to be, however I'll warning restaurateurs that the general population is ageing and they to make accommodations.